Wednesday, 10 December 2008

just noticed that this is post 60...

...then I forgot what I was doing and published the heading on its own. Obviously lost the plot! Anyway here I am with what I'd intended to show in the first place.
Some more pieces of fabric making for some Christmas hearts (surprise surprise!)

...just some more of the usual, bonding , foiling, couching and free machine embroidery. Nothing new then!!
some pieces of fancy yarns and sheers...

... then of course, the extreme close up!! Maybe should have turned the picture round!

... you can see a bit of the indented shapes made by the free machining on this one. I mainly scribble with the needle when working on my machine. I don't set out with a particular pattern in mind, it just evolves. Sometimes it is influenced by what I've added to it and I allow it to grow from there.

Oh! Yes, here are a few of this years angels, pretty similar to last years I have to say.
That's it then, here's to the next 60!!! :o)

Tuesday, 25 November 2008


... found these photos. I have this piece hanging around. Could probably call it WIP , yes think I will as I really don't think it's finished. I'm at a bit of a dead end with it. Really should have it pinned up on the wall to inspire me but haven't got that far...
I quite like parts of it but as there is no artwork to go with it (naughty, naughty!) I'm not sure which direction to take with it.
...mmmm, think that last one looked like it had a heart in it, can't imagine where that could have come from!!!
Anyway here it is in its unfinished state, or maybe I should just call it finished!!
...mmm...maybe, not!
Think I'll pin it up!!

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Amazing!...'s not every day that you open a can of tropical fruit salad and find these...
...staring up at you!! The moment couldn't pass without a quick dash for the camera. This fruit was definitely for sharing!!
...there's another one!!
I just couldn't eat them!! Well not today anyway, maybe tomorrow!! :o(
Byee! :o)

Monday, 3 November 2008

Hi :o) !

I really should be doing some work but thought I'd take a little time out to post a few more photos. This is my next batch of little heart brooches destined for Funky Scottish. We've gone on to winter hours for those that may be in the Pittenweem area, Thurs, Frid, Sat 11am to 4pm. Anyway, I'm still working up to putting something in my etsy shop as well, maybe soon and maybe these!!They are all worked in the same way, make a large piece of fabric by bonding and machine couching fancy yarns in place and cutting them out. That's the fun bit trying to fit as many as possible out of the piece!
Then they need a machine satin stitch edge and a brooch back to finish them off.
I really enjoy making them, they're great fun! :o)

The bigger the heap the better! I've done a batch in a different colour way but as they are still WIP I've not taken any photos of them. I'll get to them soon, I hope!!

Then in amongst all this busy, busy I take time out which I really shouldn't and end up doing a crazy play!! The photo above and below show the result.

Mmmm...Why?... Well, just because...Don't you have "just because" moments?!!
Anyway, that's all for now, see you on flickr!!
Byee :o)

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

It's been a while!!

Found a few photos that I'd forgotten to show. These are still from my seashore series. They may go on for quite some time!

...little fly stitches, a change from all the straight stitched and French knot flowers. Although I still use these stiches a lot as you can see.

...a mixture of sheers, wool fibres and machine embroidery...

...I quite liked the different colours on this one. Especially the strong red and turquoise.
The sandy beach at the top is actually my table!!

Sorry about the quality of some of the pictures, I seem to have developed a wobbly hand these days!

There you go, a few to be going on with. Will try to get some more things together soon to share.
Bye for now

Monday, 8 September 2008


...I've been busy making loads of little pieces for cards. I need them for exhibitions and the shop/gallery. I can't believe that they take so long to do, probably hardly worth doing them, but I like to. I've worked on a batch of hearts, surprise surprise!...trying to change them as I go... is one of the heaps!

...and here's another!
These are my little leaf pieces. The format is repeatable but I like to make little changes as I go along, just like the heart pieces.

I liked the colour of these. I used a piece of hand dyed fabric under the sheer fabric.

I'm sure you'll recognise some of the fancy yarns I've used on them...

I like a little bit of glitz!

A little bit of gold ribbon on this one.
That's all for now, but I have bits of my work from the Embroiderers' Guild (Scottish Branches) summer school at Stirling to share with you. I'll need to photograph them as my batteries had run out at the time which was a real pity. Anyway I'll post something about it once I've got that done.
Bye for now,

Tuesday, 12 August 2008


...that's it for another year. We made it to the end of the Pittenweem festival week in one piece! It was great fun and very busy even on the rainy days!
I only have a few photos to post here of the town/harbour as I don't believe in posting photos of work that isn't my own (unless they give me permission), sorry about that. Anyway here goes...

...The May Island...

...and another one, you can just about see the blue board outside one of the houses showing the venue number... Yes you really are in living rooms at some of the venues.

The harbour, this was I think taken on Tuesday.

... more boats at the harbour. Taken whilst scoffing an ice cream! yum, yum!

... just another may be a little fuzzy, sorry.

...and again!...

... these are a couple of the little seascapes that I do. They are unfinished as I still had to add some hand stitching to the embellished surface.

...some of my inspiration!!

...and finally across the River Forth to the Bass Rock.
That's it for now I hope to be back quite soon with some more stitchy things.
PS. Just realised that I've posted a photo of a little seascape that was in my last post, oh well, it really was a long week!

Wednesday, 16 July 2008


No way!! Can't believe that time is going so fast. Thought I'd give you a bunch of flowers to say sorry for the lack of posts!
a little bit of colour to help us on our way.
Here's a little WIP you can see most of it was done on the embellisher. Oh!
You'll never believe what I did. I dropped one of the little black screws that hold the needles in place! Yes, it bounced on the wooden floor, bounced to who knows where! I managed to track down someone who had them and arranged to get them sent to me. That done I thought that I'd shuffle things round a bit in my workroom. I hauled a huge bag of fabric out into the hallway, turned round and there it was right in front of me, yes, that little black screw staring up at me. Result! I couldn't believe that I'd found it. I carefully laid it up on the machine and finished tidying up (only a little bit you must understand) I moved a piece of work I had been doing at the embellisher and noooooo!, it knocked the little screw off on its travels again , bounce! Oh how luck must have been on my side thet day because there it was nestling on the non slip mat under the foot pedal, oh joy! ... Somehow I think I'll just keep those extra screws on order, phew!!
I'll finish on a few hearts...
...for cards, yes more of them...

...a nine patch!
Don't think I'll really be able to do many more posts in July so roll on August when I'll be in the throws of the festival. It's going to be a crazy time. I'll try and get a post out mid week to let you know how things are going.
Bye for now,

Friday, 27 June 2008

getting carried away...

...I just love making pieces of fabric. I've been in my element recently making lots of pieces which I've been able to use...which is always a bonus!...a couple of close up shots to get you in the mood...
Oh! here they are or at least a few of the little hearts I've been making. I'm going to put a few on cards and some on cards with brooch backs in other words I'm going to have some brooch cards!
No I'm going to have a little heart brooch on a card..Good grief that was difficult!!
For a moment I did wonder what on earth I'd photographed them on, then I realised it was my parchment paper. Not really a good surface as you can see the scratches where I scrape of the bondaweb when it's stuck. Well, that way it lasts longer!!
... another couple of close ups... just because...

I always like to shuffle the shapes around.... I like to see the patterns you can make...

This one I felt worked well even if the photo wasn't really that great. Sorry!

...a little group...

...a bigger group... or in other words... a big heap!
That's it for now. I did think that although these are destined for Funky Scottish (I'm trying very hard to make lots of stock for the Pittenweem Arts Festival, did I tell you that it's on 2nd August until the 10th August 08. If I have, sorry I've told you again!)
Anyway I thought that I really would like to put a few things in my etsy shop. I registered my name when I set up my blog but have never got round to using it. I really couldn't think what to put in it. Maybe these could be the first...that is after Pittenweem week!! Of course I'm hoping that there won't be any left!!
...there probably will be. I did get carried away after all making lots of fabric and with that lots of little hearts. oh well, it was fun :o)
Byeeeee! :o)